Following an already incredible morning the second half of the day was equally as mind blowing. Shortly after crossing the border and re-entering Oregon, the 101 was re-united with the shore and the views were the best of any coast I have ever seen. Every single turn and stretch of road were completely stunning. The sun was out and the air was warm. We were headed up to Samuel H Boardman State Park. One of the main events I had originally planned for this trip. We explored the natural arches and shot to our hearts content. We met some talkative locals on the trail who pointed us to another great spot to check out. As the daylight left us we enjoyed a jetboil ramen dinner on a cliff edge in one of the prettiest spots on the oregon coast. The banana belt is legit.
After dark we were headed north again. We accidentally ended up at the finest seafood restaurant in Gold Beach. I’d only planned to turn around in the parking lot, but we decided it looked like a nice place for a beer and some mussels. The bartender turned out to be the owner. So we closed the place down with her and the rest of the waitstaff. She was even kind enough to give us the go ahead to camp out in her lot. Good thing we got her permission too. In the middle of our beauty sleep an officer of the law knocked on our window. “Colleen said we could!” “O ok!” Then he wanted to be friends. Andy did all the talking. I just wanted to go back to bed.